Wildfire destroys Minnesota nonprofit's camp in California

The camp was located on the hills of Malibu, west of Los Angeles.
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A view of the charred Malibu hills that Gindling Hilltop Camp called home since 1993. 

A Minnesota-based nonprofit's camp for kids facing significant health challenges has been destroyed by a wildfire in southern California. 

One Heartland, based on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, says its Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu was burned in the massive Woolsey Fire, which as of Tuesday morning had charred more than 96,000 acres and destroyed an estimated 435 structures, according to the Los Angeles Times

Gindling Hilltop Camp was under a mandatory evacuation order on Friday, Nov. 9, with a Facebook post saying the camps were "fire free" at the time. Less than 24 hours later a new Facebook post indicated the wildfire has caused extensive damage, and that plans for 2019 summer camps were now up in the air. 

"At Hilltop, all structures were lost with the exception of two cinder block staff housing units," the camp wrote in a Facebook update on Monday. 

Fortunately, everyone at the camp was evacuated before the fires arrived, and the camp was insured so it'll be rebuilt in time.

One Heartland called it a "devastating loss."

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"Many memories were made on that hilltop and there will be many more to come. The friendship, love, and strength we’ve found at camp will be with us no matter what and will help us through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires in California."

One Heartland describes itself as a program that aims to "improve the lives of children, youth and families facing significant health challenges or social isolation in a fun camp setting!"

As of Tuesday morning, the Woolsey Fire continues and is just 35 percent contained. 

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